IBMT eNewsletter no. 35

Post date: 23/01/2018


Here’s our 17 January 2018 eNewsletter to IBMT members. Download this PDF –  eNL35.pdf – to see the version with images.


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17 January 2018 No. 35   


¡NO PASARÁN! now out


The latest issue of the IBMT magazine, now called ¡NO PASARÁN!, has been posted to members. The cover features a picture of singer-songwriter Joe Solo in front of a new memorial plaque in Bolton.

The magazine is an exclusive benefit for IBMT members. If you haven’t received your copy yet, let us know by emailing and we'll check the mailing list. A limited number of copies are also available for sale (see the Merchandise page of our website), and members who join the IBMT will be sent the latest issue. 

Plans for Battle of Jarama commemoration


IBMT Trustee Pauline Fraser writes on our website about plans for this year’s international commemoration of the Battle of Jarama, which takes place in and around Madrid on 16-18 February. See:


Dates set for Leicester and Wigan unveilings


A new memorial to the International Brigade volunteers from Leicester, including three who were killed in Spain, will be unveiled at 1pm on Good Friday, 30 March, in the city’s Market Place. This will be followed by music and drinks at nearby Duffy’s Bar (Pocklingtons Walk, Leicester LE1 6BU).


In Wigan, a memorial (pictured above) to the 12 local International Brigade volunteers is to be unveiled on 14 April, Spain’s Día de la República (Day of the Republic) – the Second Republic was proclaimed on 14 April 1931. The event starts at 12pm at Southside Gardens, next to Wigan Town Hall (Library Street, Wigan WN1 1YN). Afterwards there will be a reception at the adjacent Museum of Wigan Life, including speakers, exhibition, buffet and music from Joe Solo and the Bolton Clarion Choir.


See online…


Prestonpans miners feature in tale of the Scots of the Spanish Civil War:


The ‘Spanish doctors’ in China:


The first central database of victims in the Spanish Civil War and the Franco regime:


Nobody wants to restore Franco’s train:


Survivors of Spanish Civil War remembered in documentary:


Forthcoming events


Until 17 February OXFORD - ‘¡Buenos Días Dictador!’, a new exhibition of works by artist Sonia Boué about the Spanish Civil War, in particular a response to the years of exile suffered by many Spanish Republicans and their families; at the Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ; opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm. See: and


17 January IPSWICH - Talk about the Basque refugee children in Suffolk (1937-39) by Edward Packard (University of Suffolk). 7.30pm at the Museum Street Methodist Church, 7 Black Horse Lane, Ipswich IP1 2EF. Organised by the Ipswich Society.


26 January DUMFRIES - The Battle of the Ebro remembered; speaker: Rab O'Donnell, with contributions from Iain and Sandra Trotter and a film screening; 7pm at the Tam O'Shanter Inn, 113-117 Queensberry Street, Dumfries  DG1 1BH. More information:


7-10 February PRESTONPANS - ‘549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War’, a new play by Wonder Fools, with stories and songs about the 549 Scots who volunteered to fight fascism in Spain; 7.30pm at Prestonpans Town Hall, High Street, Prestonpans EH32 9JW; tickets £11/£8.25 from:


8 February OXFORD - Exhibition ‘A Spaniard in Oxfordshire: The archive of Arturo and Ilsa Barea’ organised by the Instituto Cervantes and IC Communications. 6pm-8pm at Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG. More information and reservations (free):


9 February OXFORD - Artist Sonia Boué in converstaion about her exhibition ‘¡Buenos DíaDictador!’ on exile and the Spanish Civil War (see listing above); 3pm at the Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ


13-17 February GLASGOW - ‘549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War’, a new play by Wonder Fools, with stories and songs about the 549 Scots who volunteered to fight fascism in Spain; 7.30pm (plus 1.30pm matinée on 14 February) at Citizens Theatre, 119 Gorbals Street, Glasgow G5 9DS; tickets £12 from:


16-18 February MADRID - The annual international Battle of Jarama commemoration hosted by the AABI Spanish International Brigades friendship group, which attracts visitors from International Brigade associations around the world as well as many Spanish supporters. The visit includes a commemoration at the memorial to the Scottish volunteers at Tarancón on Friday, a walk across the battlefield (sensible shoes and outdoor clothing essential) followed by a complimentary lunch on Saturday and a selection of optional activities on Sunday. See:


18 February MANCHESTER - Annual re-dedication of the Manchester International Brigade memorial and commemoration of the Battle of Jarama, commencing at 11am and lasting about an hour inside Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester M2 5DB. All IBMT members, trade unionists and labour movement activists are invited to attend.


For all events, visit our website.


Posted on 23 January 2018.

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